Archbishop of Canterbury Presents “Canterbury Cross” to Her Majesty The Queen
The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury presented Her Majesty The Queen a “special Canterbury Cross” in honour of her over seventy years of service to the Church of England. The presentation was made at Windsor Castle during an audience he had with Her Majesty on 21 June.
“Throughout her reign, Her Majesty has duly upheld both the Christian religion and the Church of England in her roles as Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Whether in the formality of opening sessions of General Synod or the more intimate context of her personal addresses to the nation and Commonwealth at Christmas, Her Majesty has made manifest her own deep faith and its relevance to all that she undertakes.
“Her subtle understanding of the changing position of the Established Church in England has sustained and encouraged laity and clergy alike. Her care for the unity of her people and the welfare of the least fortunate have been a constant inspiration to the whole Church. Hers is an example of the Christian life well led.
“This presentation of the Canterbury Cross is a heartfelt symbol of the love, loyalty and affection in which the Church of England holds Her Majesty and it represents the recognition and gratitude of her whole Church for her seventy years of unstinting service. God Save The Queen!”
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